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Onondaga County Special Fishing Regulations

  • This is a list of exceptions to the General Angling Regulations of New York's Freshwater Fishing Regulations.
  • Trout waters where ice fishing is permitted are identified here.
  • Where regulations appear in the Method column, they pertain to all fishing in the listed water.
  • In some cases, you will be referred to the regulations tables for major resource blocks (Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Lake Champlain, Border Waters, New York City Reservoirs).
Special Fishing Regulations for Waters in Onondaga County
Water Species Open Season Minimum Length Daily Limit Method
All waters except those listed below Trout April 1-Oct 15 Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Chittenango Creek from mouth upstream to Conrail railroad line Fishing prohibited March 16 until the opening of walleye season in May
Cross Lake, Seneca River Northern pike 1st Sat. in May-March 15 22" 5 Ice fishing permitted
Cross Lake, Seneca River from Jordan Rd in Cayuga Co. to Plainville Rd. Walleye 1st Sat. in May-March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Green Lake in Green Lakes State Park Trout April 1- Nov 30 Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Limestone Creek-mouth to Route 20, Butternut Creek-mouth to Route 20 Trout All year Any size 5- with no more than 2 longer than 12"
Oneida Lake east of Route 81 bridge & tributaries upstream to the 1st barrier impassable by fish, and Barge (Erie) Canal & tributaries upstream to Lock 22 Walleye 1st Sat. in May-March 15 15" 3 Ice fishing permitted
Skaneateles Creek from Old Seneca Turnpike bridge north of Village of Skaneateles downstream 10.2 miles to the Jordan Road bridge in the village of Jordan Trout and Landlocked Salmon April 1-Oct 15 Catch and Release only Artificial lures only
Otisco Lake, Skaneateles Lake and their tributaries to first barrier All species See Finger Lakes regulations
Jamesville Reservoir, Tully Lake Walleye 1st Sat. in May-March 15 18" 3 Ice fishing permitted